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Julien Blaney

Julien Blaney is a sophomore majoring in history. He is from Montclair, New Jersey. Currently, Julien is the Chief Strategy Officer for FotoSynthesis and also manages community outreach for Scholars for Progress.

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Tamaara Bostwick

Tamaara Alissa Bostwick is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences, where she is majoring in public health with a pre-med track. She was born in Georgetown, Guyana and moved with her family to the United States when she was one year old. Tamaara has spent most of her life in Long Island, New York. In the future, she plans to attend medical school to become a pediatric oncologist, as well as pursuing either an MPH or MBA. Tamaara’s ultimate goal is to open clinics in under-resourced communities and developing countries. 

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Nkemdilim Chukwuma

Nkemdilim Stacy Chukwuma is a sophomore in the Business, Language and Cultural Studies Program at the Kogod School of Business with a focus on the Spanish language and a minor in finance. She grew up in Valley Stream, New York. Nkem currently works at the Kogod Center of Business Communication. She is a peer consultant at AU, CFO of FotoSynthesis and Scholars for Progress’ Coordinator of External Relations. Nkem is passionate about such issues as youth empowerment, cross-cultural relations, and community service. In the future, she hopes to combine her background in business, her interest in learning about different cultures/languages and her enthusiasm for helping others into a fulfilling career. 

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Alan Arturo Day

Alan Arturo Day is a junior in the Kogod School of Business, majoring in finance and accounting. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, but grew up in Spain, Mexico, and Indiana. Alan has served as an advisor to Scholars for Progress and Chief Financial Officer for Fotosynthesis, which he co-founded with three other FDDS scholars. During the summer of 2013, he worked as a Google BOLD intern in Mountain View, California. In the future, Alan hopes to work in finance and capital market development, entrepreneurship, or some combination of the two.

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Falon Sioban Dominguez

Falon Sioban Dominguez is a senior in the School of International Service and in the College of Arts and Sciences, with a double major in international studies and economics. She grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. During her time at AU, Falon worked as a monitor at the AU library and served as the sophomore representative on the university’s Honors Curriculum Task Force. Falon is the co-founder and advisor of FotoSynthesis. In April 2012, her leadership secured the FotoSynthesis team an invitation to the Clinton Global Initiative University Annual Meeting and is currently preparing to launch a pilot program this fall to teach middle school students about cross-cultural communications and photography. In the summer and fall of 2012, Falon studied at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil. This past spring semester, she worked as an intern at the U.S. Department of Commerce. The summer of 2013, Falon served as a Google intern in Ann Arbor Michigan. After graduating, Falon has accepted a position at Google in Mountain View, CA and, in the future, plans to attend law school. 

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Candace Evilsizor

Candace Evilsizor is a junior in the School of International Service, majoring in international studies with a concentration in peace and conflict resolution. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, she is passionate about the rights of immigrants and refugees. Candace traveled to Israel during her spring break to work with African refugees, and continued her involvement with refugee populations in her hometown. In addition, she was the Director of Operations for FotoSythesis. During her spring sophomore semester, Candace studied abroad in Paris, and the following summer worked with Chi Alpha performing mission work in the south of France. This coming fall semester, Candace will study abroad in Morocco. 

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Cassandra Fowler

Cassandra Fowler is a sophomore majoring in justice and law with a criminology focus at the School of Public Affairs. She is from Montgomery County, Maryland. Cassie hopes to go on to law school and work on judiciary reform and the rights of the accused. Cassie is currently working to develop two organizations, working towards improving education in DC schools through pre-college mentoring in one, while exposing middle school students to different world cultures in the other. 

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Rodrigo Futema

Rodrigo Tamashiro Futema is a junior in the School of International Service, majoring in international studies. He was born in São Paulo, Brazil and raised in Columbia, Maryland. During his freshmen year at AU, Rodrigo, along with other FDDS scholars, began directing Scholars for Progress. He also has been involved with Fotosynthesis. The summer of 2013, Rodrigo was a social innovation intern at the CASE Foundation. In addition, he successfully completed the Yale Global Pre-MBA Program. In the future, Rodrigo aspires to pursue an MBA. 

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Matt Lien

Matt Lien is a senior in the School of Public Affairs, majoring in political science with a minor in Chinese language. He was raised in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. Matt has served as president of the AU chapter of DC Students Speak for two years, representing student political interest on campus and in Washington, DC. In addition, he volunteered at DC Vote. During the last spring semester, Mat interned as a legislative fellow for the office of DC Shadow Representative Nate Bennett-Fleming. During the summer of 2013, he was an associate for the Brown Miller Group in New York City. Matt plans to pursue a JD/MPA and is always looking for new learning and leadership opportunities.

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Daniel Marks

Daniel Marks is a sophomore enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences, where he is majoring in psychology. Daniel is from Conyers, Georgia. Currently, he is interested in gaining community and behavioral psychology research experience by conducting scientific research on the AU campus. Daniel also serves as Chief Marketing Officer for FotoSynthesis. The summer of 2013, he traveled to South Africa to participate in AU’s Community Based Learning Program (CBL) to advocate for prevalent race and gender related issues in post-Apartheid Cape Town. In the future, Daniel hopes to pursue a career in consumer psychology related to marketing. 

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Nellely Mejia

Nallely Mejia

Nallely Mejia is a senior in the School of International Service (SIS) and the College of Arts and Sciences, with double majors in international studies and sociology. She was born in Brooklyn, New York. As a freshman at AU, Nalley interned at the Latin American Youth Center where she supervised students at Alice Deal Middle School’s after school program in Washington, D.C. The following summer, she volunteered as an English tutor for immigrants at the International Institute of St. Louis. She also presented the findings of her research concerning the Mexican community in the United States at a conference hosted by SIS. Nallely served as the Chief Strategy Officer for Fotosynthesis, developing the project’s curriculum and joining three fellow scholars to present their project to President Clinton at the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative University Annual Meeting. In the past, she worked as a research assistant for the Center on Health, Risk, and Society. Nallely plans to seek a PhD in sociology in order to pursue a career in higher education, research, and advocacy.

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Justin Winston Morgan

Justin Winston Morgan is a sophomore majoring in public health in the College of Arts and Sciences, pursuing a certificate in translation in French and is also on the pre-med track. Justin grew up in Ellicott City, Maryland. Currently, he is doing research at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities and hopes soon to publish and present his work. In the future, Justin plans to go to medical school, as well as pursue an MPH. 

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Udodilim "U.d." Nnamdi

Udodilim "U.d." Nnamdi is a sophomore in the School of International Service. She was born in Columbus, Ohio but has since lived everywhere from Nigeria to Massachusetts to Pennsylvania before finally attending Eastern Regional High School in Voorhees, New Jersey. U.d. hopes to soon declare a concentration in Justice, Human Rights & Ethics as well as a regional focus in Africa. She aspires to utilize the education she obtains at American University by pursuing a career in transitional justice, international human rights, and international criminal law. After receiving her JD, U.d.’s ultimate goal is to serve as an advocate for victims of human rights abuses, genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. Ud also hopes to help bring to justice corrupt government officials guilty of committing such human rights violations. Currently, Udodilim is pursuing her interests by serving as the Secretary General for American University’s Model United Nations conference, interning at a small nonprofit dedicated to international law, and remaining an active participant of American University’s African Students Organization. 

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Ana Santos

Ana Santos is a senior in the School of International Service, majoring in international studies with a minor in communication. She is developing her skills as a leader and a communicator at AU, primarily through her photography. Ana was Photo Editor of AU’s student newspaper The Eagle and is a member of Sigma Iota Rho. So far, she has interned for the National Geographic Image Collection, FotoWeekDC, and the National Geographic Traveler magazine. During the summer of 2013, Ana interned with the U.S. Department of State in Brasilia, Brazil. She is currently studying abroad in Brazil. Ana plans to fuse her passion for travel, photography, and social issues into a rewarding career.

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Stephanie Vela

Stephanie Vela is in the College of Arts and Sciences, where she is majoring in sociology. She grew up in Coachella Valley, California. Growing up in a predominantly Hispanic immigrant community, Stephanie is passionate about immigration reform and issues facing the Latino community. Currently, she is the CEO of FotoSynthesis, as well as special assistant to the Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars office Inaugural Director. Stephanie plans to work in the area of education, hoping to make a positive impact within public schools. 

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